Lawyer, author, commissioner, and justice “Hanging Jim” (aka “Vinegar Jim”) McRuer. He stands out as the tough, demanding judge who presided over the 1962 trial of Arthur Lucas, one of the last 2 men ever hanged in Canada.   Photo courtesy of Law Society of Upper Canada Archives

Lawyer, author, commissioner, and justice “Hanging Jim” (aka “Vinegar Jim”) McRuer. He stands out as the tough, demanding judge who presided over the 1962 trial of Arthur Lucas, one of the last 2 men ever hanged in Canada.

Photo courtesy of Law Society of Upper Canada Archives

Players in the Deadly Game of Hangman in Canada

THE JUDGE

In court, the judge, invariably a man, became the most powerful player in the game. Inspiring fear and respect, he swept into the courtroom in his black robes at the beginning of a trial. Everyone rose, and he took his seat on a special raised platform, dominating the room.

Excerpted from Drop Dead by Lorna Poplak Copyright © Lorna Poplak, 2017

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